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BROWNS OWNER TELLS MAYOR TO HOLD OFF ON STADIUM DEBATE
Published June 7, 1995
In an open letter to Cleveland Mayor Michael White which appeared in the Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, Browns Owner Art Modell wrote that "'now' is not the right time for the Cleveland Browns and their fans" to address the stadium renovation issue "given the negative atmosphere being fostered by special interests and the resulting intense divisiveness in the community." Modell stated the Browns will not participate in the "divisive and disruptive dialogue concerning stadium renovation" because: 1) The city's original plan was "untracked" causing major delays, 2) the Browns must now focus all of their attention on the upcoming season, and 3) the Browns hope this "moratorium" will allow the "political and economic environment" to stabilize (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 6/6). The PLAIN DEALER's Stephen Koff and Stephen Phillips report that White does not appear willing to grant a moratorium, and that Modell denies that the move is motivated by his desire to move the team. Modell: "We're not inviting any contact, we're not making any contact, we're concentrating on this football team this year" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 6/6).